IB HL Economics – Paper 1 Definitions: Macroeconomics

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The study of economy-wide aggregate (total) behaviors.
Macroeconomic objectives
1) Low unemployment or full employment (NRU)
2) Price level stability
3) Economic growth
4) Economics development
5) Income Inequality
Circular Flow of Income
a model that describes how economic activity occurs between the different groups in an economy. Saving, taxation and spending on imports represent ‘leakages’ from the circular flow. Investment, government spending and export revenue represent ‘injections’ into the circular flow.
Aggregate Demand
total demand for goods and services in an economy (C+I+G+Xn)
Components of Consumption (5)
Level of national income (consumption, savings, taxes, imports)
Real interest rates
Household dept
Consumer Confidence and expectations of future income
Sticky wages
wages that can not be reduced when the AD of labour decreases (like a price floor on wages)
Components of Investment (2)
Interest rates
Business Confidence and expectations (future prices, technology, business taxes, inventories, the degree of excess capacity)
Components of Net Exports (3)
Incomes abroad
Taste and preferences of consumers
Exchange rates
Aggregate Supply
total supply of goods and services in an economy.
Short run aggregate supply curve
a macroeconomic curve that shows the relationship between the price level and the quantity of real output (real GDP) when resource prices (especially wages) do not change
household spending on goods and services (both durable and non-durable goods)
business spending on capital goods
income that is not spent, setting aside income or money for future use
goods and services that foreign countries buy from the domestic country
goods and services that are produced domestically and sold to foreign countries
Marginal propensity to… (MPC, MPS, MPT, MPM)
they measure the proportion of a change in household income that is … (used to consume domestic output, saved by households, paid in taxes and used to purchase imports)
Gross Domestic Product
the total market value of all final goods and services produced within an economy over a period of time (usually a year) (and in dollars)
Real GDP (or real output)
the total value of all goods and services produced in a country of a country’s national income over a given time period (adjusted for inflation and measure in dollars)
Expenditure approach
a method used to calculate GDP by summing total expenditures on final goods and services
it is a method of calculating GDP based on summing consumption, investment, government expenditure and net exports (ie C + I + G + X – M).
Income approach
a method used to calculate GDP by summing up all incomes received by factors of production
Output approach
adds up all production values of final output from firms
Gross National Product / Income
the market value of all goods and services produced by domestically-owned factors of production over a specific time period, usually one year (it attempts to measure the flow of income based on actual ownership of the factors of production)
Real vs Nominal GDP
real GDP is GDP adjusted for inflation and nominal GDP is measured in current dollars
Green GDP
a measure of the total output of an economy, taking into account the environmental consequences (externalities) involved in the production of that output
Final vs. Intermediate goods
intermediate are goods which are produced by a firm and used in the production process whereas final goods are the ones used for final consumption
Double counting
including the same good or service more than once in your valuation of output
business spending on capital goods
Capital Formation
additions to the stock of capital over a period of time
Capital stock
a nation’s capital stock is the value of all capital goods in the country (at a point in time)
Purchasing Power Parity (PPP)
the theory that in the long run identical goods and services sold in different countries will cost the same (for GDP measures it looks at the buying power in a country: the amount a person can buy with their income at local prices)
Interest Rate
the price of money (borrowing or loaning), expressed as a percentage (often called the opportunity cost of spending money)
National Income
the total value of all income in a nation (Consumption + Government Spending + Investment + (Exports – Imports))
Fiscal Policy
a policy that uses changes in government spending (G) and/or taxation (T) to affect aggregate demand
Monetary Policy
a demand-side policy, where the central bank uses changes in the money supply or interest rates to affect AD
Expansionary Fiscal Policy
an increase in government spending or a reduction in taxes
Keynesian Economics
economic theory based on the principles of John Maynard Keynes stating that government spending should increase during business slumps and be curbed during booms.
Neo-Classical Economics
an approach to economics based on supply and demand which depends on economic agents operating rationally based on available info
Business Cycle
economy-wide fluctuations in production or economic activity over a period of months or years, consisting of recession and recovery and growth and decline
state of economy declining – a decrease in real GDP over two consecutive quarters
state of economy rising – an increase in real GDP, usually accompanied by a rise in employment
when real GDP expands beyond recovery
a severe reduction in an economy’s total output, accompanied by high unemployment lasting several years
people who are actively looking for a job
Unemployment rate
the number of workers without a job, who are willing and able to work, expressed as a percentage of the workforce
Labor force
all non-institutionalized civilian individuals age 16 or above, who are either working or actively looking for work
Real wages
wages are the payment for labour/working and that real wages are the value after they have been adjusted for inflation (thus real wages refers to the \”purchasing power\” of wages)
Autonomous consumption
the level of consumption which does not depend on income (the argument is that even with zero income you still need to buy enough food to eat, through borrowing or running down savings)
Frictional Unemployment
Unemployment between jobs.
Seasonal Unemployment
Unemployment due to seasonal circumstances.
Structural Unemployment
unemployment that exists as a result of rigidities in the labour market (such as a fall in the demand for a particular type of labour)
Cyclical/Disequilibrium/Demand deficient Unemployment
unemployment caused by variations in the business cycle (recession – decrease in GDP)
Voluntary unemployment
people who are unwilling to work at the market wage rate
Natural Rate of Unemployment (NRU)
Frictional + Structural + Seasonal unemployment (5-6% for industrialised countries) – it is the level of unemployment that prevails when a nation is producing at it’s full-employment level of output
Discouraged workers
workers who have dropped out of the labor force because of lack of success in finding a job (not included in unemployment rate)
working below productive capacity (part time instead of full time)
Disguised unemployment
workers who have a job but are redundant or non-productive
Full employment
the level of employment where there is no cyclical unemployment (100% employment – NRU = 94-95% for industrialised countries)
Crowding Out
a decrease in AD/consumption/investment that results from government’s increased borrowing (which drives up interest rates)
the amount by which an injection is multiplied to result in a change in GDP that is higher than the injection
Philip’s Curve
curve showing a short-run trade-off between unemployment and inflation; only applies if there is a change in AD; in the long run, leads to an increase in inflation
the total value of the accumulated assets owned, minus its liabilities. The wealthier a nation’s households, the greater the level of consumption
Loanable funds market
a hypothetical market that shows the relationship between the real interest rate in a country and the supply and demand for money from households and firms for private investment
a decrease in the value (price) of a currency (in terms of a foreign currency or in a floating exchange rate system)
Budget surplus
when government (tax and other) income (T) exceeds government expenditures (G)
Budget deficit
when government expenditures (G) exceed government (tax) revenues (T)
Business confidence
the degree of optimism or pessimism characterizing he businesses which affects their decisions on investment spending.
Business cycle
the fluctuations of real GDP in a given time period
produced means of production (tools, equipment, machines, etc.)
Stimulus measures
used when economy in a recession – increase in Government spending and decreasing direct Taxes
such as: Expansionary Fiscal Policy
Austerity policies
used when economy is concerned with annual budget deficit and dept – decrease Government spending and increase Taxes
Supply-side policies
policies designed to increase the aggregate supply of an economy (shift the AS curve to the right)
Durable goods
goods that will last longer than a year (cars, house, etc.)
Double-dip or Triple-dip Recession
when it looks like an economy is recovering but only recovers for a short period and turns to a recession again
Downward spiral (Keynesian)
once the economy goes down it will keep going down
accumulation of deficit (imbalance in money intake)
the amount of money that a country owes to other countries and/or international institutions
when you cannot pay back bonds
Inventories are goods that have been produced but have not been sold
Consumer Price Index measures the prices of goods and services in a particular nation over time, and is widely used by governments to measure changes in the price level of products typically bought by households
Persistent increase in the average price level of goods and services in a nation, measured by consumer price index.
a sustained decrease in the average price level of a nation’s output
a decrease (or reduction) in the rate of inflation (at which avg. price level is rising)
Inflation rate
the percentage change in a price index between one period of time and another. It measures the change in the average price level of goods and services in nations over time.
Demand-pull inflation
an increase in price levels for goods and services due to the increased overall demand for a nation’s output (when consumption, investment, government spending and net exports rise without corresponding to an increase in AS)
Cost-push inflation
an increase in price levels for goods and services due to an increase in the cost of production (faced by producers) which shifts the SRAS curve to the left
either zero or negative economic growth (cost-push inflation is often accompanied by stagflation)
Negative supply shock
an unexpected decrease in AS of a nation
The inflationary spiral
the situation in which demand-pull inflation leads to cost-push inflation (a major threat to the economy)
a very high rate of inflation (basically when prices increase on a daily basis)
Price level (index)
a measure of the average level of prices of goods and service in an economy
the school of economic thought (promoted by Milton Friedman), which argues that a change in the supply of money only causes inflation or deflation – but not a change in the level of employment in a nation.
(supports the view of LRPC at NRU, and LRAS of neo-classical views)
Profit push
businesses are greedy and raise prices to gain profits
Wage push
people want to raise their wages
getting the most out of a given input
smaller disparities among a nation’s households in their maintainable living standards and in the distribution of income and wealth
refers to the fairness in economics, and requires a level in which all individuals of a society have a fair shot at achieving economic success
Relative poverty
the condition experience by people in a country whose incomes are considerably lower than the higher income group in the same country
Absolute poverty
the condition experienced by people in a country whose incomes are too low to be able to afford even the most basic necessities for a healthy and safe existence

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